Top ChoiceMarine Reserve in Bandar Jissah

Bandar Khayran

Beyond Mutrah, the headland close to Muscat shatters into a series of khors (inlets) and bandars (natural harbours), the most extensive of which is Bandar Khayran. It’s possible to reach the bandar from the...

Top ChoiceDam in Mazara

Wadi Dayqah Dam

Looming over the village of Mazara and holding back a permanent body of water, the enormous Wadi Dayqah dam is the largest in Oman. A road winds up to the reservoir, the edges of which have been pleasantly...

Top ChoiceWaterfront in Seeb

Seeb Corniche

This 2km corniche, to the west of Seeb, has a landscaped area for walking, enjoying sea views, sniffing drying sardines and watching the fishermen mending nets while footballers compete for a pitch on the sand....

Top ChoiceMarket in Seeb

Old Souq

Between the main road and the sea, this traditional souq is housed under some makeshift awnings in a sandy-coloured complex of buildings just off the corniche, and is a fun place to explore. Selling camel ropes...

Top ChoiceSouth Indian in Seeb

Al Bahjah Restaurant

Seeb has a large expat community from India, and this is reflected in the presence of this very good Indian restaurant. It showcases dishes mostly from Kerala, in southern India, but there are also international...

Top ChoiceAsian in Jebel Seifa

Bank Restaurant

Snacks and salads are served at this attractive beach club by day, but the restaurant really comes into its own at night when the pool is bathed in colour and the rustling palms create a seductive ambience. The...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Bandar Jissah

Beach Restaurant

This elegant outdoor restaurant, designed in shades of white with wood decking and sepia photographs, is a perfect venue for lunch. Oysters and lobster compete with other local seafood for pride of place on the...

Beach in Jebel Seifa

Bank Beach Club

Occupying a breezy spot on the edge of the Jebel Seifa complex, independent of the neighbouring hotel, this stylish beach club boasts a palm-shaded infinity pool (open 9am to 8pm) and access to a sandy beach. At...

Market in Seeb

Seeb Souq

One place to get a feel for local Omani culture is on the main one-way road that runs in an ellipse through the heart of Seeb. Wadi Bahayis St is flanked by the gold souq, with its windows of bangles and bridal...

Bay in Bandar Jissah

Yiti

Yiti boasts a beautiful, sandy beach surrounded by craggy mountain scenery that makes an attractive spot for a swim or picnic. The beach is at the end of a large, muddy inlet that is regularly picked over by...

Natural Feature in Bandar Jissah

Wadi Mayh

For a taste of a typical Omani wadi within an afternoon’s drive of Muscat, look no further than Wadi Mayh. With towering limestone cliffs forming a canyon, sand-coloured villages, back-garden date plantations,...

Natural Feature in Mazara

Wadi Arbeieen

High above the coast, in the wrinkled folds of the Eastern Hajar Mountains, a combination of spring and rain water collects in deep pools along the length of Wadi Arbeieen. The area is accessible (from Hwy 17) by...

Natural Feature in Bandar Jissah

Sea Arch

Created by rough seas working against the sandstone, this sea arch at the end of the Bandar Jissah headland is a famous landmark of this coast. Fishermen in speedboats from Qantab village make it a point to...

Park in Qurayat

Al Khobaar Lake Resort

'Resort' is a misnomer for Al Khobaar as there's no hotel or any other facility here warranting that description. For some this may mean it's of limited interest, but for others, it makes it heaven. There's the...

Beach in Jebel Seifa

Seifa Beach

A beautiful bay east of the Jebel Seifa complex stretches into the distance. In the cooler months it's a lovely place for an easy stroll or a picnic, and it's often possible to spot shoals of sardines out to sea....

Breakfast in Seeb

Mirzab Restaurant

Occupying an attractive location at the end of the corniche and helping to keep local traditions alive, this new Omani-run restaurant specialises in breakfast. With homemade Omani bread of differing types, pies...

Kebab in Seeb

Mushkak Stand

This concrete booth serves up delicious grilled squid kebabs. If there's a queue of cars along Dama St, it's because someone has paused by the booth to buy a stick of this freshly caught delicacy without...

Viewpoint in Bandar Jissah

Bandar Jissah Viewpoint

This viewpoint (yet to be properly developed) on the road between Al Bustan and Bandar Jissah offers a fine panoramic vista of the chocolate-coloured mountains that distinguish the area. Comprised of ophiolite,...

Fort in Qurayat

Fort

This stout building, beside Qurayat's main vegetable and meat souq, looms unexpectedly into view alongside the narrow main road through town. Recently restored, this 19th-century fort is typical of Oman's coastal...

Ruins in Mazara

Mazara Fort

There's not much left of the fortified ruins that crest the knoll in the middle of Mazara, but this doesn't spoil their appeal as the subject of a striking scene. With the wadi in the foreground and the...